For Immediate Release
Sept. 8, 2016
Contact: Gebe Martinez email@example.com
Mi Familia Vota: Looking for 24 Republicans to Help Bring Dream Act to House Floor
House Democrats begin petition to speed up vote
WASHINGTON, DC — Beginning next week, House members will have the opportunity to sign on to a “discharge petition,” for the DREAM Act, a legislative tool in which a majority of the House can force the House leadership to bring a bill to the floor.
House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, of Maryland, and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Michelle Lujan Grisham, of New Mexico, are urging members of both parties to sign the petition so that Congress can act quickly to protect the almost 800,000 young adults whose lives were upended by President Trump’s decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). To force the vote, all 194 Democrats need the support of at least 24 Republicans, to reach the required 218-vote majority support.
The following is a statement by Ben Monterroso, executive director of Mi Familia Vota (MFV):
“Our basic question to members of Congress is direct: Are you with us or are you against us?
“House members have a chance to stand by their previous statements of support and compassion for the DACA recipients. This is the time to walk the walk. Tweets are not enough.
“As we meet with members and their staffs, we we send messages to them and to our members on social media, we expect ‘Yes,’ answers to the following questions: ‘Will you vote for the DREAM Act?’ and ‘Will you sign the discharge petition to bring the DREAM Act to the floor for a vote?’
“We also will be marking down those who do not fully commit, and especially those who promise to help and then reverse themselves, like Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), who promised during the recess to push his own discharge petition for the so-called BRIDGE Act, a lesser bill than the DREAM Act. But after meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan this week, his courage melted away and he dropped his petition.
“We urge Congress not to play politics with the lives of 800,000 people and their families. They know what is the right thing to do, and we expect them to support the DREAM Act.